Refining Your Personal Budget As Your Financial Needs Change

Life changes, and your personal budget is no exception. You might change jobs or bring home a new member of the family, or you might simply pay off a car or refinance your home. This simple guide to changing your personal budget over time can help you navigate those financial changes and reach your goals with confidence. Every budget changes over time For dedicated budgeters, changing your... Continue reading

Holiday Budget Hacks: Plan & Save for a Stress-Free Season (Free Template!)

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3 Reasons Why Your Vacation Could Blow Your Budget This Summer

Survey Shows Surge in Summer Vacation Planning and Spending Traps to Avoid

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4 Steps You Should Take Right Now for Your Post-COVID Budget

The changes we’ve encountered over the past year have touched every aspect of life, making this an especially challenging time to budget for the future. Now, as signs point toward re-openings in the U.S., things are about to change again—hopefully, for the better. Here are 4 critical steps you can take today to prepare your personal finances for a post-COVID economy. Step 1. Take stock of changes... Continue reading

For Love or Money? Home Budgeting for Couples

When it comes to relationships, money isn't usually the best topic for a first date. But, as things get more serious, couples eventually need to decide when and how to merge their finances after marriage. In fact, many couples start planning their joint financial future before they say, “I do.” Although there’s no one best solution for everyone, Quicken’s suite of personal finance management... Continue reading

6 Tips for a Successful New Year’s Budget

It's no surprise that 2020 threw off everyone's plans, including financial ones. No matter what financial state you find yourself in, the start of a new year is a great time to check in on your finances, set some goals, and get a clear picture of where your money is going to ensure financial wellness. Whether you've never set a budget before or you're looking to perfect the one you've been using... Continue reading
Quicken Annual Budget

How to Make a Budget and Support Your New Year’s Goals

New year, new you—new budget? As a time of reflection, renewal, and goal setting, the new year is a perfect opportunity to start a budget for the first time—or to take a look at your budget with fresh eyes.  Consider what’s worked, what’s changed, and how to make a budget with your annual plan and goals in mind.  How to Make a Budget That Works: Start With Your Goals Some people are spurred to... Continue reading
Quicken Business Budgeting

The Keys to Small Business Expense Tracking

Most small business owners don’t set out to become bookkeepers or accountants, but it’s part of the job when you have to wear all the hats. Whether you’re a part-time consultant, manage rental properties, or are growing a small business, keeping a close watch over your expenses can be important. You can use your records to better understand your business, and they can be a necessity to back up... Continue reading
Quicken Weekly Budget

Why You Need a Weekly Budget

Do you need a weekly budget in addition to your monthly budget? Here are three big benefits to consider.

A monthly budget is an intuitive default—but a weekly budget might be the better option. Not to say you shouldn’t use months to frame your budget. Most bills are due once a month, you might get paid once or twice a month, and budgeting software often starts you out fresh each month. But if your monthly budget is your big-picture strategy, the weekly budget planner is your tactical plan that... Continue reading
Quicken Budgeting

12 Must-Have Features of Budgeting Software

A debt problem at its core is a budgeting problem. This is one of the most important lessons in personal finance: you can’t save your money if you don’t know where it’s going. In other words, you need a budget.  In fact, 74% of Americans now track their expenses with a budget. But just realizing the importance of a budget isn’t the same as properly executing one. Between retirement accounts,... Continue reading

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